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Visualization of the Peace Street Bridge Replacement, and its impact on area redevelopment

This aerial visualization of the new Capital Boulevard Bridge replacements was posted by the Raleigh Connoisseur Blog yesterday. We’ve taken a screen shot from the video and posted it here and included an overlay showing the location of the recently announced development projects.

It’s easy to see from this view how the new bridge ramps and associated changes to the area’s street grid have already become a catalyst for redevelopment of this previously neglected area.

Reference the previous post on this blog, Glenwood South’s Northeast Corner – Frontier of Possibility.…

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Glenwood South’s Northeast Corner – Frontier of Possibility

The title of this article matches one published in this blog six years ago addressing the future of Glenwood South’s northeast corner.  A few years later (November 20, 2013) we discussed the plans for the Capital Blvd bridge replacement, and the next year (July 26, 2014) the associated reconfigured street grid.

The rich potential for this area has recently taken on momentum as developers have been acquiring land and are showing signs of being ready to make their move.  Local bloggers and the news media alike are taking notice:

Glenwood South residents are particularly excited to see how this northeast corner of their neighborhood (map below) – long considered a “dead zone”, is now being talked about as the “ideal” spot for downtown Raleigh’s first grocery store.…

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Glenwood Faire: Community Building in Glenwood South

Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative invites you:
Glenwood Faire
Sunday, April 17 from 1-5:00 PM at Babylon Restaurant
(309 N. Dawson St)
Tickets can be purchased ahead for $10 at GSNC.RaleighDLA.com/Glenwood-Faire. $15 at door (covers small plates from each of 10 participating restaurants, plus a drink. $3 for each additional fare.)

    By Donna Belt

    What do you think of, hearing the word Faire? There’s a hint of carefully prepared food. There’s a throw back to families gathering to enjoy each other’s company when the carnival came to town. For Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, Glenwood Faire lends a touch of both of those things.

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Shervin Tahssili: the New Face of Helios

By Donna Belt

Sometimes my husband and I look out from the porch of our fourth floor condo at 510 Glenwood and muse over how the neighborhood appears to be a stage set, with additional buildings entering the scene with regularity.  Each addition inevitably transforms the neighborhood as new residents arrive with fresh ideas, but this is doubly true of business owners who back their visions with investment in restaurants, shopping and services that largely shape how we define ourselves on the street.


Shervin Tahssili

Ideally, there is a respect and incorporation of the history of what has gone before, while bringing an innovative twist.

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It’s here! A parking app for Glenwood South

If you’re one of those people who get frustrated trying to find a spot to park in Glenwood South, you’ll want to read this.  Does this sound like you?

  • I prefer on-street parking, but drive around in circles and rarely find an open spot.
  • I know of a few parking decks, but I don’t like to park there and avoid them.
  • I wish there were more surface parking lots.

If so, you probably didn’t know that in addition to the three multi-story parking decks, there are 10 parking lots in Glenwood South, yet most of these parking lots are rarely used.  Why?…

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An Interview with ‘District D’ City Councilor, Kay Crowder

200px-Kay_CrowderThe City of Raleigh will hold elections for Mayor and City Council on October 6th.  Kay Crowder is a member of the City Council, representing District D who was appointed to the City Council in 2014 to fill the seat of her recently deceased husband Thomas, who served in that roll for eleven years.

Her challenger for the District D seat on the City Council is Ashton Mae Smith.  Ashton’s interview was posted to this blog last month.

The DLA asked Kay a series of questions.  Here are her answers:

What aspects need to be balanced in providing for downtown Raleigh’s growth as a vital, sustainable, creative environment for both residents and businesses?

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Meet ‘District D’ Candidate, Ashton Mae Smith

Ashton Mae Smith

Ashton Mae Smith

District D encompasses the downtown Districts of Glenwood South, the Warehouse District, and a portion of the Fayetteville Street District.  There are two candidates running for the council seat this year.   This Blog will include interviews with each candidate, starting with Ashton Mae Smith, followed by candidate Kay Crowder next month.

The DLA asked Ashton a series of questions.  Here are her answers.

What was your inspiration for running for City Council, and what gaps do you fill in that aren’t being met now?

I decided to run for City Council because I have a vision for Raleigh’s future as a world-class city, and we’re at a cross-roads as to how to get there.

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Downtown merchants resist proposed changes to Outdoor “Dining” Ordinance


In the past several weeks, restaurant and bar owners in Glenwood South have joined other business proprietors across downtown to put public pressure on City Council to defer approving what they view as a hastily prepared change to the City’s Outdoor Dining Ordinance. The proposed change to the ordinance seeks to restrict bar patrons from drinking on public sidewalks outside downtown bars.

Council agrees to defer decision for 30 days

City Council has agreed that the ordinance change as initially drafted unfairly targets a small number of bars and has thus deferred their decision, sending the issue to the Law & Public Safety Committee for further review.  A new Hospitality Committee that includes both residents and merchants is now working with City staff to develop alternate proposals.…

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Countdown to BIG BOOM on Glenwood South

Post by Donna Belt

Vincent Baressi, with art of Victor Knight III

For months now, the windows on the front corner space at 510 Glenwood  – once occupied by Red Room (then Krave and then Myst) – have been covered with paper.  Then several weeks ago, a sign with no words – just a row of cherry bombs appeared.  What IS this?  neighborhood residents have asked.  A club?  A video game hang out?

Vincent Barresi, the new restauranteur in this property would chuckle at this intrigue.  You might recognize him as the chef and proprietor, who for the past ten years has warmly greeted families at Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on Creedmoor Rd.  Or if you’ve been in Raleigh a really long time, you might recall his restaurant that thrived for fifteen years prior to that on Capital Blvd.…

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The Best Glenwood South (Parking) News You Never Knew

IMG_3173You may have done this – troll along looking for one of 70 coveted parking spaces along Glenwood Avenue that are free of charge after 5PM on weekdays, and all day/night on weekends.  If they’re full, you drive down side streets, hoping to squeeze into a space tucked beside one of the arrows indicating no parking adjacent to driveways and entrances.  It’s only as a last resort that you opt for the $5 – $7 prepay charge for the 800 or so spaces available at three local public parking decks.

Did you know that you have a lot more options than these?…

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